Shaping metal in the forge.

Shaping metal in the forge.
Jud working at the forge: Fire blazing!

Friday, April 26, 2019

The English Rifle Damascus Revealed!

This past week has seen a flurry of activity and near completion of the English Style Rifle. The most important has been long anticipated - the acid etching of the barrel to bring out the beauty of the Damascus Twist. This requires "reagent grade" sulfuric acid, which, unfortunately was not quite the grade that I sourced from the local tannery. However, it did the job and results, shown here for the first time is spectacular!

All that remains to finish the rifle is finishing and engraving 3 screws - the 2 lock plate screws and the tang. Jud has assured me that these will be finished by next Friday. and then this crowning achievement of Jud's art and craftsmanship will be complete and ready to join the other English Best Gun in my collection: Jud's masterpiece cased double barreled flint shotgun.